Before Jesus came to earth the common view of God was far from "loving". It was more akin to the idea of "angry God with big stick". Even though a view of the Old Testament through the Jesus lens very much supports the view of a loving God the problem, as always, is not on His end but ours! The Gospel message pertains to us whereas the startling message of Jesus is simply "God loves you". While easily said it took Jesus' life to demonstrate what this really meant. Enjoy the conversation.